Saturday, November 28, 2009

Book Review: The China Study by T. Colin Campbell

This post is in response to a book I have recently read and was simply blown away by. I have been digging into nutrition for the last 3 years or so, and I thought I knew quite a bit about vegetarian nutrition and reasons for being a vegan but this book just gave me more reasons to stay on a vegetarian diet.

T. Colin Campbell is a man that grew up on a dairy farm and thoroughly believed in the American diet and the health benefits derived from this high protein steak and potatoes based meal. However as he did studies on how to feed starving nations and supply them with these high protein diets on the cheap he came across a life changing discovery on the effects of animal based proteins on our bodies. The facts where right in front of his face so he was unable to ignore them. The further he dug into this, the more and more scientific evidences he discovered. The American diet is not all that its cracked up to be.

He mentions a few numbers throughout his book that startled me. Here are just a few:
In the United States
  • 2/3 of the population is overweight
  • 1/4 are obese
  • Over 1/2 the population takes at least prescription drug a week
  • America is ranked 37th in Health Care quality with the cost for health care still rising!
  • Research budget designated by the NIH (National Institute for Health) for nutrition is only about 2%-3% of the total budget, and of this research done the majority of it is on isolated nutritional substance...
  • 12 of 14 case control studies and 7 of 9 cohort studies have observed a positive association for some measure of dairy products and prostate cancer

The thing I love most about this book is that everything he says is well explained and referenced. He seriously has about 20 pages or so of references indexed to scientifically back up everything he is laying out to you. Don't believe him? Look it up for yourself he says. :)

The real bulk of this book takes place on a localized study done on the cancer occurrence in China and the dietary information of what these people ate, habits they had, water they consumed ect. This info was taken and shipped to over two dozen laboratories all over the world to determine the effects of ones diet on the appearance of cancer. The results are startling!

For a video presentation of some of the highlights of this book you can go here:
(this is an 8 part video series, so try to watch them all.)

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7
Part 8

Again, the name and author:

The China Study
by: T Colin Campbell

China Study, The, by T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D.
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The videos mentioned above only begin to scratch the surface of what the book is able to tell you. I strongly suggest that if you are trying to find a reason to take your health to the next level to get this book. It is a very scientifically based method of determining the ultimate benefits of a vegetarian diet, and the sour results of a diet based around a high animal protein intake.

Good health to you, on all levels.


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